Help Us Help You: 4 Things You Can Do to Help Your Georgia Car Accident Lawsuit
If you recall the movie Jerry Maguire, you may also recall Tom Cruise’s sports agent urging his client to “Help me help you.” As Alpharetta car accident attorneys, helping injury victims and their families cope and recover after a serious car or truck accident is what we do. At Hain & Kuhn, we are relentless in our efforts to obtain compensation and justice for our clients, working tirelessly to build the strongest possible case in order to maximize the amount we recover whether through settlement or trial.
But just because we are skilled, experienced, and tenacious doesn’t mean that there aren’t ways you can “help us help you” after you suffer an injury in a car accident. There are some simple steps you can take in the minutes and days after your accident that may give you and your lawyers an advantage in subsequent negotiations with insurance companies or in a personal injury lawsuit.
Of course, the most important step you can take to help yourself after a car wreck is to get immediate medical attention. This is critical not only for your health and well-being but also because the medical records and recollections of your treating physicians can be key pieces of evidence to support your claims for damages.
Once you have summoned first responders to the scene and as you clear your head and recover in the immediate aftermath of your accident, keep these four additional tips in mind which can provide your Alpharetta car accident attorney with additional support and increase the odds of a positive outcome that results in the greatest amount of compensation for your injuries.
Get and Preserve Evidence.
After an accident or injury in Alpharetta or elsewhere in Georgia, no one is expecting you to become the star of “CSI: Personal Injury.” But gathering as much evidence and information as possible at the scene of the accident can help preserve crucial pieces of the puzzle that your lawyer will need to build your case and strengthen their hand in negotiations with the insurance company or at trial. Evidence deteriorates or gets lost, the memories of witnesses can fade, and you may not even have key witnesses if you fail to get their names and contact information. Take pictures and preserve any physical material relevant to the accident. Provide everything to your personal injury lawyer. If you have yet to retain a lawyer…
Hire an Alpharetta Car Accident Attorney NOW.
You may not be thinking of lawyers and lawsuits right after an accident. After all, you and others may be hurt, you may need immediate medical attention, or you may simply be trying to calm down and get your head together after a jarring and traumatic experience. But if you are going to want to get the help you need to recover from your injuries, pay your bills, and make up for lost earnings, you need to contact and retain an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
In Alpharetta and all other cities in Georgia, there are time limits for filing claims arising from your injury or accident and some of them are extremely short. Also, your lawyer can keep the insurance company on the other side from getting a head start and can aggressively take steps to preserve and protect your rights. Remember, meeting with a lawyer doesn’t necessarily mean that you will pursue a lawsuit, and almost all personal injury lawyers, including our firm, offer free initial consultations, so you have nothing to lose and much to gain by contacting an attorney.
Do Not Negotiate With Insurance Companies Without a Lawyer.
After a car accident, the insurance company which represents the other driver is not there to help you. You are not in good hands with them, and they are not your good neighbor. Insurance companies are businesses focused on making money and increasing profits.
To do that, they will make every effort to pay as little in claims as possible as quickly as possible. They know that you have medical and other bills to pay and that you may be out of work for a spell as well. They know that you may be tempted to accept an offer that is far below what you actually deserve or could get if you had an experienced and tenacious lawyer on your side who won’t be fooled by the insurance company’s tactics. In fact, a study by the Insurance Research Council (IRC) found that settlements for auto accident injury victims who had retained an attorney were 40 percent higher than the settlements negotiated by the victims themselves. That is why you should never negotiate with an insurance company without a lawyer.
Tell Your Attorney Everything.
In order to do the best possible job for you, your lawyer will need you to be completely open and honest about your accident and injuries. Everything you discuss with your personal injury lawyer is protected by the attorney-client privilege, so don’t hide anything, even if it’s information that you think could hurt your claim. It will come out at some point and could do more damage later than if you had addressed it head on.
Speak With an Alpharetta Car Accident Attorney at North Metro Litigators Today
The Alpharetta car accident attorneys at North Metro Litigators will be on your side every step of the way as you face the challenges that come with a car accident case. We know it can be a scary and difficult time when your world has been turned upside-down because of a serious car accident injury and that things can be even more devastating if you have lost a loved one because of another driver’s negligence or recklessness.
Call Hait & Kuhn today at (678) 944-0000 or contact us to arrange for your free initial consultation. We welcome the opportunity to serve you.